Greek Life at Davidson is unique in that it is known as Patterson Court because of our council structure of fraternities, sororities, and eating houses. Patterson Court organizations at Davidson College are recognized for the purposes of providing students an opportunity to learn and interact in small-group situations while facilitating personal growth in the areas of scholarship, social and leadership development, campus and community service involvement and values clarification.
In pursuit of these aims, the Patterson Court Office supports the community's vision to be a community of support that recognizes the value of unique individuals and organizations and promotes their engagement in the larger community through relationship building, collaborative learning and the process of self-discovery.
Patterson Court Council is home to a diverse community of 16 service-based and social eating houses, fraternities and sororities. On average 80 percent of Davidson women and 40 percent of Davidson men participate in Patterson Court Council organizations, taking advantage of the many opportunities for leadership, service, and fellowship.
Participation in Patterson Court Council organizations is limited to those that have completed at least one semester at Davidson College, meet the academic and organization requirements, along with any financial costs. To join an eating house, you may choose to participate in the self-selection process, either as an individual or as one of a four-woman cluster (clustering ensures all four women get into the same house). To join an IFC fraternity, you must receive a bid from an organization. To join an NPHC or Latinx fraternity or sorority, you must complete the membership intake process.
Organizations host a variety of events for their members along with events for the larger Davidson community. Organizations are expected to follow college policies and are held accountable by the Patterson Court Council Judicial Board.
To join a fraternity, you must receive a bid for membership and must meet the national GPA requirement for the organization you hope to join. Houses with facilities offer meal plans for upperclassmen.
Established at Davidson in 2008, the Pi Mu chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. commits themselves to various service projects, hosting educational programs and personal development of their members. The fraternity's goal is achievement in every field of human endeavor.
Established at Davidson in 1890, the Delta chapter of the fraternity supports programs for mentoring, military heroes support, and muscular dystrophy research, among others. Brothers value scholarship, leadership, community service and fellowship.
During the 2018-2019 academic year, the first Latino fraternity will be established at Davidson College. Students are working to establish a chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. The brothers value the ideals of academic excellence, brotherhood, leadership, latino Unity, and service.
Established at Davidson in 1929, the North Carolina Gamma chapter of Phi Delta Theta works with Raleigh based Support US Armed Forces: a non-profit that provides morale, welfare, and encouragement to our men and women in uniform. Members also value brotherhood, community service, and academic success, and the chapter has three times received the Kansas City Award which recognizes the best small-school chapter of Phi Delta Theta internationally.
Established at Davidson in 1923, the Delta Kappa chapter of the fraternity supports organizations such as the Red Cross and the United Service Organization (USO). Brothers aim to create lifelong friendships within the fraternity while promoting a commitment to learning and excellence.
Established at Davidson in 1883, the Theta chapter of the fraternity supports the Red Cross and the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. It recently received the National Outstanding Alumni Association Communication award. Brothers pride themselves on being true gentlemen of good scholarship.
Established at Davidson in 1930, the Epsilon chapter of the fraternity supports the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, as well as the YouthAIDS organization, the American Cancer Society and the Red Cross. The house recently received its third Buchanan Outstanding Chapter award, its second Academic Excellence award, and an award for excellence in recruitment. Brothers work to recruit men from diverse backgrounds and with diverse interests.
To join a sorority, you must attend an information session hosted by the sorority to learn more about membership. To join an eating house, you may choose to participate in the self-selection process in January, either as an individual or as one of a four-woman cluster (clustering ensures all four women get into the same house). Houses with facilities offer meal plans for upperclassmen.